PLEASANT HILL -- The Contra Costa County Office of Education will receive about $1.1 million through a California Tobacco Use Prevention Education Program grant to continue its services through June 30, 2017.

The educational agency was one of 14 statewide to receive funding out of 57 applicants and it was the only East Bay agency to receive a grant. The money will be used to provide tobacco use prevention programs at all middle and high schools in the Antioch, Byron and West Contra Costa districts, as well as to students in county-run court and community schools.

The program aims to reduce youth tobacco use by helping students make healthful decisions using a researched-based curriculum, intervention, quit groups and youth development opportunities.

More information is available by visiting www.cocoschools.org. Click on Educational Services, then Tobacco Use Prevention Education program.



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